All eyes were on Carrie Bickmore at the Gold Logies last night, after she stole the show with a heartfelt speech highlighting the need for a greater awareness of brain cancer.
It’s a disease she knows all too well, after losing her husband to it in 2010.
The Project host showed Australia a far more personal side of herself, something we don’t often get the chance to see during the Logies.
“I want to say to you that every five hours in Australia someone is diagnosed with brain cancer and 8 out of 10 people that are diagnosed will die,” Bickmore said.
“Everyone thinks it is this rare form of cancer but it is not. It kills more people under 40 than any other cancer. It kills more kids than any other disease.”
The 34-year-old mum and TV personality spoke after winning the award for Most Popular Presenter, saying no-one should have to suffer as her husband did.
“Over 10 years, I watched him suffer multiple seizures a day, lose feeling down one side of his body, have his little three-year-old have to push him around in a wheelchair because he couldn’t walk any more.
“He was an incredibly brave man. He was a great dad. He was a great husband. He was a great brother and he was a great friend.”
During the speech Bickmore paired her stunning low cut gown with a beanie and urged Australians across the country to do the same today in support of the campaign.
She asked viewers to take to social media and upload a picture of themselves in their beanies using the hashtag #beaniesforbraincancer.
And surely enough, by the morning the hashtag was trending around the country with people all over donning a beanie and rallying behind Bickmore’s inspiring call to action.
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According to the Australian Cancer Council, brain cancers include primary brain tumours, which start in the brain and almost never spread to other parts of the body, and secondary tumours (or metastases), which are caused by cancers that began in another part of the body.
The causes of brain tumours are not yet known. Some brain and spinal cord tumours are more common in people with certain inherited or genetic conditions, and people exposed to very high doses of radiation.